Today I purchased some bedding plants from the nursery. A young employee was helping me make decisions when I noticed his unusual bracelet. “I imagine there’s a story behind that bracelet you’re wearing.”
“Yes there is. I struggle with anxieties and my doctor put me on some medications that I became addicted to. I ended up in a rehabilitation hospital where I made this bracelet myself. I’m glad to say I’ve been off all medications for over two months now.”
“Excellent! So how are the anxieties?”
“Hmm. I wonder…could you help me load these plants into my car? I want to talk with you.” On the way to the car I told him that I’d suffered with anxieties, fears and panic attacks all my younger life. “I was 27 when I attended my first Bible study. I soon came to know the Lord Jesus and made a decision to surrender my life to Him. My life changed immediately! He sent His Holy Spirit to indwell me and fill me with His peace, His joy and His love. That peace has stayed with me all these years. Soon I realized my anxieties, fears and panic attacks had disappeared! I didn’t even ask God to remove them–He just did! They have never returned.”
He listened with interest as I explained God’s plan of salvation in sending Jesus to pay for our sins—both his and mine. He admitted that he was a sinner and needed help.
I asked if I could pray with him and right there in the parking lot we bowed our heads. Then I invited him to church. I found some Jesus booklets in my car. He thanked me and said he’d read them on his break.
I did not feel led to ask him to pray and receive Christ right then. I felt he needed time to digest what he’d heard and what he will read. I did show him the prayer in the back of one of the booklets that he may say when he is ready.
I expect to see him in church. If not, I know I’ll see him again—I know where he works!
- One booklet I shared with him: Would You Like to Know God Personally? By the late Dr. Bill Bright… https://www.cru.org/how-to-know-god/would-you-like-to-know-god-personally.html
- Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2
- SONG: THE PARALYTIC – Words from Mark 2:3, 5-12; Music by Kathleen